Ths364 - Thanks for your suggestion - you're right! I should have mentioned my preferences. Actually, i enjoy all kinds of music - anything from Beethoven to Black Sabbath. Not really helpful, i suppose, but i guess i'm trying to say i want a good all-arounder.
I'm interested in speakers that can do the typical audiophile things (have airy highs, deep and wide stage, clear instrument/vocal delineation etc etc), BUT, i would also like to have a speaker that makes classic rock /oder recordings sound reasonable to good (as opposed to being totally unlistenable on 'audiophile' speakers).
Rgs92 - appreciate your suggestion, but Harbeths just don't 'do it' for me (they never have, for whatever reason, although i know they have a HUMONGOUS following).
Rrog - the Sansui is likely more powerful than you're giving it credit for (although I understand your point - they're not going to drive really heavy loads). But, for the record, i drove a pair of Epos ES14s with that amp without issue (not the easiest speaker in the world to drive). My concern about the Heresy is with respect to how people describe the highs (as being very hard/overbearing at times). Although i want an open sound, i don't want my ears to bleed.
Also, does anyone know if the heresy's can be used on stands, or do they HAVE TO be on the floor to perform properly? I also understand that Heresy's are best suited to tubes, so i wonder if the Sansui solid state would be too 'edgy' or 'hard' with the Heresys...
And, as far as a JBL 100 or 110, what would you consider to be a reasonable price? And would they be too big for the room (i'm reading conflicting things about this)?
So far, it appears as though i'm on the right track w/ my short list, based on all of your suggestions thus far.
If anyone else has anything different to put on the table, your thoughts would be appreciated.
My speaker history, just fyi:
NHT 1.3A (again)
StudioLab Reference 1
Neat Mystique II
Currently still use the Mintrels on a Sugden A48B integrated and am currently using the Aras on the Sansui. The Minstrels work nicely with the Sugden, but not so much w/ the Sansui. Vice-versa w/ respect to the Aras: they sound better on the Sansui than the Sugden. Overall, i prefer the Royds, but i still feel the regas have a more refined midrange than the Royds, in a way (if not more refined, then a little cleaner, i guess).
But, as good as the Aras are in my bedroom, i want a 'bigger' sound, as described above (and able to play all kinds of music).